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Local poet celebrates prize in Parliament with Mary

Mary welcomed local poet Michael Yates to Parliament to celebrate his award for Black Horse Poets' Poem of the Year 2015.

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Yesterday, Michael, and his wife Pam, joined Mary in Parliament for lunch on the House of Commons terrace to celebrate his award for 'How I Learned What Love Is'. 

The Black Horse Poets is a Wakefield poetry society. It was founded in 1998 and holds monthly workshops for members, as well as organising public performances, and producing books and CDs. 

The competition – judged by Mary, who is the BHP's patron – attracted a record 24 entries.

The winners were announced at the Black Horse Poets Annual Awards evening on 4 December 2015, at the Mocca Moocho coffee bar in central Wakefield.

Afterwards, Michael said: “This is the first time I’ve won this event and I’m very proud. The high quality and large numbers for this year’s competition are a vote of confidence in our actions over the year and in the success of our Chairperson Halima.”

Mary said: “I was delighted to celebrate Mick’s success with a tour and tea on the terrace for him and Pat. The Black Horse Poets' competition, set up by my predecessor but one, the late, great Walter Harrison MP, is a fantastic opportunity to recognise and showcase Wakefield’s creative talent. Congratulations again, Mick."

Runners-up for Poem of the Year 2015 were Peter Bedford for 'Viral' and Angie de Courcy Bower for 'Voyagers'.

Click here to read Michael's poem, 'How I Learned What Love Is'.

Click here for more information about Black Horse Poets and how to join.

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